Darius Sultani

Doctoral Researcher

Darius (he/him) is a doctoral researcher at the working group “Climate and Energy Policies” (Dr. Michael Pahle). His research focuses on policy instruments to decarbonise the European basic materials industry. Before commencing his PhD at PIK, he graduated with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Technology Policy and gained policy experience at the European Commission and the German Federal Government. Darius’ research is supervised by Prof Pao-Yu Oei at Europa-University Flensburg and funded by the Foundation of German Business (sdw).

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Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam

Darius investigates policy instruments to incentivise deep-decarbonising technology deployment in the basic materials - primarily steel and cement - industry. To this end, he focuses on firms' green investment decisions under technology and policy uncertainty.

Darius' research contributes to the Kopernikus project Ariadne.

Sultani, D. (2023) EU Energie- und Klimapolitik. Siemens Stiftung make@thon Berlin, November 2023.

Sultani, D., Pahle, M. & Jakob, M. (2023) Optimal de-risking strategies for breakthrough technologies. Young Energy Economists and Engineers Seminar 32. FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, October 2023.

Sultani, D., Pahle, M. & Jakob, M. (2023) Optimal de-risking strategies for breakthrough technologies: Risk allocation in the transformation of the basic materials industry. Kiel Workshop "The role of public research and innovation measures on mitigating climate change". ifw Kiel, May 2023.

Sultani, D., Niedergesaess, J. & Sach, T. (2023) Politikpfade für eine erfolgreiche Industrietransformation. Ariadne Dialogforum, Berlin, April 2023.